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If I only allowed myself to enjoy artists who weren't awful people in one way or another, I'd only be able to enjoy like 15 things total. It's harder to separate the work from the person with someone like Cosby whose body of work is kind of inseparable from his public persona, though. It's not quite the same as, say, still listening to the Fugs even though Aline Kominsky Crumb was allegedly raped by one of them, or still liking Sleeper.
Roman Polanski, records produced by Phil Spector, OJ Simpson in Naked Gun 1 and 2, even Matthew Broderick!
Was Cosby really that inseparable from "Cosby" though? Early Cosby's a show about a lower middle class teacher, Fat Albert's about kids living in poverty, and Cosby Show's about an affluent doctor. That's more versatile, at least socioeconomically, than lots of comedic actors' gamuts run. Let's see Bazinga guy be in a dark comedic sitcom about two junkie friends.
I would say he is inseparable. He pretty much behaved the same on stage and in all his TV shows and movies except for a few of the weird 70s ones.
Dude really stopped being funny some time in the sixties and Fat Albert is kind of indicitive of his shift away from jokes and into kind of patronizing edutainment. Guess he was always a prolific fapist, though.
It reminds me of the debate about Wagner. Whether it's possible to separate his opinions and writings about race from his body of musical output. The two are inextricably connected.
Then again, Wagner only wrote about race. Cosby drugged and raped women. I suppose there is a difference.
Or was that the Earthworm Jim sketchbook Kickstarter. Whichever.
That was a huge exaggeration. "Strangle a gay person" was one of the stretch goals.
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